Jayapura – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) says that based on their analysis the September 2 killing of four soldiers during an attack on the Kisor sub-district military post i
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September 11, 2021
September 6, 2021
Jayapura – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) spokesperson Ones Suhuniap is asking the Papua regional police to retract a statement that the KNPB are planning to disrupt the 20th Nati
September 5, 2021
Reiner Brabar, Sorong – The Maybrat branch of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) has denied involvement in a September 2 attack on a sub-district military post (Posramil) in Kisor
August 7, 2021
Jakarta – Family members of late Aceh businessman Akidi Tio had initially drawn praise after they made a Rp 2 trillion (US$139 million) donation for COVID-19 mitigation efforts in South
August 3, 2021
David Robie – It is open season again for Indonesian trolls targeting Asia Pacific Report and other media with fake news and disinformation dispatches in a crude attempt to gloss
July 12, 2021
Jakarta – An Indonesian doctor who appeared on podcasts and a television talk show to state that Covid-19 is a lie and that healthy people died from "excessive Covid medication" has bee
May 28, 2021
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The chairperson of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, responded to what he believes is a baseless allegation made by the
May 27, 2021
Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – Human rights activist and lawyer Veronica Koman has refuted accusations by State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Deputy Chief Lieutenant General Teddy Lhaksma
May 10, 2021
Jayapura – Several Indonesian media outlets have mistakenly quoted a dead Free West Papua (OPM) founder, who died four years ago, in the news as the misidentified person was bashing hum
March 10, 2021
Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – A number of people who have yet been registered as Covid-19 vaccine recipients on Wednesday, March 10, flocked the 'Covid-19 Vaccine Center' that was
March 1, 2021
Remember Siti Zainah, the woman from Cianjur, West Java who said she got pregnant without intercourse and gave birth after a one-hour gestation period?
January 19, 2021
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Covid-19 Task Force asserted that issues circulating in the public about microchips that could be contained in the Covid-19 vaccine are false or hoaxes.
January 16, 2021
Meleva Thorn & Sienna Curnow, Jakarta – Indonesian journalists are waging a war on fake news through a collaborative fact-checking network involving nearly all major media organizat
December 22, 2020
Ariel Bogle and Albert Zhang – On Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, a network of accounts is targeting the West Papua independence movement with memes and messages designed to shape inte
December 7, 2020
Jakarta – An expert has expressed his concerns over public resistance to a future COVID-19 immunization program caused by hoaxes surrounding the vaccines being developed.
October 22, 2020
A peaceful call to action in Bali protesting Indonesia's controversial new jobs creation law appears to have been hijacked by unknown parties calling for widespread violence, with polic
October 16, 2020
Thou shalt not take with a pinch of salt anything your government says was essentially the message given by Indonesia's Communications and Information Technology (Kominfo) Minister John
Jakarta – The Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) has expressed dismay over Communication and Technology Minister Johnny G.
October 15, 2020
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Press Legal Aid Institute (LBH Pers) Director Ade Wahyudi on Thursday criticized the statement made by the Communication and Informatics Minister (Menkominfo)
September 16, 2020
Jakarta – The Purworejo District Court in Central Java has sentenced a couple who earlier this year declared themselves the king and queen of the so-called Keraton Agung Sejagat (World
August 19, 2020
Jakarta – The Medan Police in North Sumatra arrested 45-year-old Joniar Nainggolan and 41-year-old Benni Eduward Hasibuan for allegedly spreading a hoax after the two published a video
August 18, 2020
The brand new IDR75K (US$5) bill was only released yesterday, but it has already become the subject of a racial controversy online.
August 12, 2020
Jakarta – The Bali Police have named musician I Gede Ari Astina, better known as Jerinx, a suspect for defaming the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).
May 27, 2020
Sophie Raynor – During the coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest concerns for health officials has been the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 – especially via social media sit
April 16, 2020
Remember Ningsih Tinampi, the self-proclaimed supernatural healer who went viral last year for victim-blaming a spirit?
April 15, 2020
Say it with us: social media influencers are not the authority on COVID-19 no matter how many millions of followers they have.
April 11, 2020
Jakarta – The police have arrested people accused of spreading fake news about the coronavirus. Hoaxes might be a reaction to the lack of transparency from the government.
March 27, 2020
Indonesian officials have warned citizens not to eat up a clearly fake viral video of a magical talking newborn baby who suggested that eating boiled eggs can help the body resist the
March 24, 2020
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Police tackled 41 cases of hoaxes on COVID-19 spread through social media and will continue to conduct cyber patrolling, spokesman of the Indonesian Po
March 20, 2020
Jakarta – The National Police have named 30 individuals across the country by Thursday as suspects for allegedly spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 10, 2020
Jakarta – Six Indonesians have been arrested for allegedly spreading misinformation online about the deadly coronavirus, police said Tuesday, as the Southeast Asian nation's confirmed
March 3, 2020
Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate said that the ministry had found 148 hoaxes related to the COVID-19 spread as of Monday.
February 28, 2020
While debate continues between the Indonesian Ministry of Health and researchers in Indonesia and internationally on Indonesia's capacity to detect and identify coronavirus infections,
February 25, 2020
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has cautioned city residents over a widely shared link to Google Maps purporting to show flooded areas in J
February 4, 2020
Jakarta – Following the outbreak of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China, hoaxes and conspiracy theories about the novel virus have widely spread online over the past two weeks.
February 3, 2020
Jakarta – The Indonesian government has decided to wage a war against misinformation about China's deadly coronavirus on social media, as dozens of hoaxes about the new virus have been
January 8, 2020
Tom Allard and Jack Stubbs, Jakarta/London – As Indonesia celebrated its National Heroes' Day last year, official military social media accounts lavished praise on Corporal Yunanto Nug
December 26, 2019
Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – Rights activist Ratna Sarumpaet was released from prison on Thursday after serving around 15 months of a two-year sentence for making a false claim that she
November 8, 2019
Ross Tapsell, ANU – Prior to the election period between September 2018 and April 2019, SAFENET documented 22 cases of charges under UU ITE.
Ibnu Nadzir, Sari Seftiani and Yogi Setya Permana – Hoaxes and misinformation have been widely blamed for Indonesia's violent unrest this year in the wake of its presidential elections
November 6, 2019
Jakarta – As the investigation of the acid attack against Novel Baswedan appears to have stalled, the senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator has been accused of fa
October 18, 2019
Jakarta – If the government is serious about finding the best solution to the Papuan problem, the communication and informatics ministry should support the endeavor by Facebook to rid
October 17, 2019
Nindya Astuti, Jakarta – Regional coordinator of SafeNET, Damar Juniarto, suspects there are blatant attempts to suppress information regarding Papua as they deemed information from th
October 11, 2019
Christoforus Ristianto, Jakarta – Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG) researcher Klara Esti says that the political buzzer phenomena can be said to have begun during the
October 8, 2019
Jakarta – Thousands of residents of West Seram Regency in Maluku fled to nearby mountains and forests on Tuesday amid fears of an incoming tsunami after fake news spread online followi
October 7, 2019
Jakarta – Thousands of Ambon residents are still in shelters nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warning that an even bigger disaster wa
September 11, 2019
Dan McGarry, Port Vila – In the wake of a Vanuatu Daily Post investigation into what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to spread fake news targeted at the government of Vanuatu and o
September 9, 2019
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Announced through his Twitter account, investigative reporter Benjamin Strick published his findings on Twitter bot network intentionally used to promote Papua
Quinton Temby – Indonesia's riots in May serve as a warning to all democracies with polarised electorates, high social media penetration and institutions labouring under the strain of
August 30, 2019
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) has discovered foreign social media accounts that deliberately spread false reports or hoaxes on conditions in Pa